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GUEST,jeff Why is folk such a small market? (109* d) RE: Why is folk such a small market? 06 Mar 10

I agree w/Joe Offer. The last concert I went to was Led Zepelin III in 1971. That was enough to cure me from going to big shows. Don't get me wrong I loved the ZEP, but all the ancillary stuff like parking, programs, etc. put me off permanently. As I progressed professionally and was able to see shows from the wings I was inclined even less to go to mega-concerts. There's really no mystery re the performance. That being said I'd LOVE to see Paul McCartney as he's singing his songs in the same keys as when he was in his 20s. That plus he's got a crackerjack band. One of the best performances I've seen in the last 20 years was a bodhran player at the Malt Loaf, Conwy, N. Wales. He was so good all the other singers/players, including me were dwarfed by his genius. For the price of a couple pints of Boddington's...maybe THAT'S why I thought he was so good...

That being said I'd like to think that 'folk' applies to most acoustic based singer-songwriter type music, celtic, bluegrass, etc. and simply doesn't have the VOLUME of electric music, regardless of the genre. It's a niche form much like polka, klezmer, etc. In contemporary folk I think of the brilliance of artists such as Chris Wood(The Cottager's Reply, One In A Million), Gene Burton(If, The Gold Country), Jonatha Brooke(Linger, Careful What You Wish For, I'll Try)or Martin Simpson(ANYTHING!).

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